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Can charter and district school officials find common ground?

New charter schools don’t always make it. When they fail, for academic or financial reasons, they tend to take taxpayer funds with them, pushing the children back into the district-run schools without the funding the state is supposed to provide.

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Study outlines options for cost savings in Okla.'s school districts

Oklahoma's school districts can redirect more funding to teachers and classrooms by streamlining and consolidating administrative costs, offering parents more choices for their children and eliminating waste, according to a state study. A proposed bill would have consolidated administrative spending for over 200 Oklahoma schools, resulting in more than $35 million in savings.

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Portland schools superintendent should reject changes to sibling preference

Some of the proposals to overhaul the Oregon public school system's school transfer system include terminating lottery applications to switch from one neighborhood school to another and weakening the sibling preference in lotteries at eight high-performing "focus-option" schools.

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Why Minneapolis is wrong on school suspensions

Minneapolis Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s desire to end all racial discrimination resulting in black, Hispanic or American Indian students being suspended from Minneapolis public schools is commendable. Unfortunately, that policy is likely unconstitutional.

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When lifting a school cellphone ban is a win for poor students

In New York, the out-of-sight, out-of-mind ban of cellphones is enforced predominantly at schools with metal detectors—the same schools that could benefit the most from technology-friendly policies.

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It's time to limit police presence in schools

Police arrests and court citations have replaced or supplemented school-imposed discipline for student misconduct. The best hope for breaking the so-called school-to-court pipeline is parents. In districts where parents have expressed concern, school officials have replaced public law officers with private security workers.

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What determines whether a school has mean girls?

A new Stanford study finds that some schools—based on their size, organizational structure, and academic climate—are more likely to foster cliques than others. The tendency to segregate is much more prevalent in large schools and schools that provide students with more academic freedom.

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Building a culture of empathy to combat cyberbullying

One response to cyberbullying is to turn to legislation to regulate behavior. Efforts at creating a culture of empathy, on the other hand, receive far less public attention. Framing online behavior as symptomatic of larger cultural narratives is a much neglected view in the public debate around cyberbullying.

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New York needs a stronger school plan

The rescue plan for struggling schools that Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled on Monday needs to be fleshed out in greater detail before it can be fully appraised. But it is already clear that the plan — which involves giving failing schools support services and seeing how that turns out — might not be sufficient to remake the city’s lowest-achieving, most-dysfunctional schools.

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Do schools really need principals?

There is a growing number of so-called “teacher-led” schools operating across the country. With some 70 schools in existence, and another 20 on track to open in the next couple years, they function more like worker cooperatives than traditional top-down schools.

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